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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Stopped at 2:19 of the tenth round, Silvio Branco says he plans on appealing to the WBC, complaining that he got had been hit in the back of the head numerous times in his world championship fight with Montreal’s Jean Pascal Friday night. “He hit me four times, here,” said the mandatory challenger after the fight. “We plan on going to the Federation; it all started going downhill once he started hitting me there.” Branco certainly has a good case for the first knockdown where the Italian fighter twisted away from the action and got caught as he moved away. Referee Gerry Bolen immediately waved it off as a knockdown and then bell rang as the former champion was on his knees trying to regain his equilibrium. In a bizarre occurrence, once he righted himself from the canvas, referee Bolen greeted him to an eight count and the bell rang again. Other occurrences were not as clear. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In an entertaining fight South Africa’s Takanlani Ndlovu had to come back from a first round knockdown to score a unanimous twelve round points decision over Kiko Martinez of Spain in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. Ndlovu has now earned the right to challenge IBF and WBA junior featherweight champion Celestino Caballero of Panama.
Ndlovu who holds the WBF featherweight belt was knocked down with a looping left hook in the opening round to take a count from referee Sparkle Lee. However he kept his cool and boxed his way out of trouble. Judge Manuel Oliver Palomo (Spain) scored it 117-111 and judge Isaac Tshabalala (SA) had it 116-112 whilst judge Deon Duarte (SA) was off the mark with a score of 115-113. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Lightweight contender Antonio DeMarco (22-1-1, 16 KOs) will not be fighting WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero on December 12. The #1 ranked DeMarco will fighting on Showtime, Oct 31 in Las Vegas,Nevada at the Treasure Island Hotel against the WBC #3 ranked Jose Alfaro. The card is being promoted by Don King in association with Gary Shaw Productions.
Sources are saying that Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) of Venezuela will start training Monday in preparation for his first title defense against against an opponent to be named. Details are still being worked out to finalize the bout but it would take place December 12th at the El Nuevo Circo, in Caracas, Valenzuela.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #15 super middleweight Les Sherrington (24-5, 15 KOs) outpointed Joel Burke (14-18-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds at Jupiters Casino in Townsville, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Sherrington is scheduled to meet IBF #13 Shannan Taylor on November 27. He has lost to former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman by KO4 in 2006 and dropped a 12 round decision to South African William Gare in 2008. Burke holds a eight round points victory over Ben Crampton in 2009 and in 2004 stopped former world rated Daniel “Porky” Lovett in eight rounds. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian super bantamweight champion Mark Quon (7-2, 1 KO) stopped Thailand’s Mongkoichai Singmanasak (24-14-1, 9 KOs) in five rounds in the main event at Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. On the undercard, in a super middleweight upset Moses Ioelu (3-8) stopped Kerey Palmer (8-3) in round one. Hot Aussie 130 pound prospect Will Tomlinson (8-0,8KO’s) stopped Filippino Roel Mangan (13-13-1, 3 KOs) in round four. Mangan holds a ten round decisions over former world rated Ranee Ganoy in 2003 and J.R Solano in 2005. Former Commonwealth Games heavyweight gold medalist Brad Pitt (1-0) made a succesful debut as a cruiserweight stopping Shaun Salisbury (1-5) in round one. Former Australian light heavyweight challenger Joel Casey (4-6-2) boxed a four round draw with Jason Tramsek (0-0-1).
Dominican Super Lightweight contender Victor “El Marmelade” Cayo was back in his adopted homeland of St. Thomas, USVI this week giving back to the community. Cayo will attend “Boxing In Paradise IV” on Saturday at the University of Virgin Islands Sports Center, home of Cayo’s fights in January and May of this year, and where he enjoys a large following, in part due to the island’s large Dominican population. Friday morning however, Cayo and Costa Rica’s Hanna Gabriel, who will co-headline tomorrow’s card, visited Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School in St. Thomas to speak at an assembly of faculty and students alike. The pep talk was aimed at especially the troubled students, focusing their attention toward staying out of trouble. Both Cayo and Gabriel cautioned students who are inclined to act with their fists, to do so in the ring and not the streets or school halls. Several of the students are already involved in the USVI amateur program.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Jean Pascal (24-1, 16 KOs) retained his WBC light heavyweight world championship with a tenth round technical knockout of 43 year-old mandatory challenger Silvio Branco (59-10-2, 36 KOs) of Italy. The end came at 2:19 with Branco going down for the second time in the round just as his corner were throwing in the towel to end the fight. It was the first defense for Pascal who captured the title earlier this year with his victory over fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu. The rematch of that fight with Diaconu is now set to go on December 11th. Pascal also brought Branco down at the very end of the seventh round with a left hook. (more…)
“It’s been sixteen long years and they are fighting again,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring, referring to the signing of the contract for the rematch of Roy Jones Jr. versus Bernard Hopkins. “Unbelievable! This is a fight that Roy has wanted for a long time and I know that Bernard wants his revenge!” It was May 22nd, 1993 when Jones and Hopkins fought for the vacant IBF middleweight title on the undercard of the Riddick Bowe-Jesse Ferguson heavyweight title fight. Jones won on all scorecards with the tally of 116-112 capturing his first title in a long procession of belts ranging from middleweight to heavyweight! A rematch has been discussed over the years but the holdup was always the demand of Hopkins for the majority of the purse. An unusual agreement was reached that each fighter will receive a 50-50 split but with the stipulation that if a knockout happens, the winner of the contest will receive a 60 percent share with the loser collecting 40 percent. Wirt outlined that Jones-Hopkins II will take place in January or February 2010. The event will be co-promoted with Golden Boy Promotions as pay-per-view event and the site is to be determined. Of course, Jones needs to win his December 2nd showdown against Aussie Danny Green.
Throughout history there have been scores of outstanding Mexican boxers who have held world titles in various weight classes, most notably, between 118 pounds to 135 pounds, while fighting their way to worldwide stardom. But amazingly, the storied history of Mexican warriors and the heavyweight division has never produced any boxer of Mexican descent who has won a world championship in the heaviest of divisions. (more…)
Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions has announced that New England based Artie DePinho has joined their team as part of its nationwide “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” acclaimed professional boxing series . . . Click here for more
A thinner, yet more muscular José Miguel Cotto stepped up on the scale and marked 144¾ pounds in the official weigh ins for the event “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas,” which will take place Saturday at the Héctor Solá Bezares Coliseum in Caguas. Even though José Miguel admitted the only thing he knew about his opponent was his name until they met today, he acted very relaxed and with a huge smile he emphasized that he’s pretty confident in obtaining the victory. “Every boxer has to adapt his style on each bout, but his essence as a fighter is always the same,” explained Cotto (29-1, 21 KOs) who assured he is well trained and is regaining the condition that had distinguished him before his temporary retirement. His opponent will be Mexican Martín Ramírez (7-11-1), who weighed in at 144½ pounds.
All 10 fighters who’ll be competing on the undercard of the Vitali Klitschko-Cristobal Arreola WBC heavyweight championship fight Saturday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles made weight easily Friday at the Wilshire Grand:
John Molina 136 vs Efren Hinojosa 135
Javier Mora 243 vs Johnathon Banks 221.2
Rico Ramos 123 vs Kermin Guardia 123.6
Cedric Boswell 223.8 vs Cisse Salif 269.2
Salvador Sanchez II 124.2 vs Trinidad Mendoza 119.8
On Thursday, Klitschko weighed in at 252 and Arreola weighed 251.
David Diaz 136 vs. Jesus Chavez 134.5
Juan Carlos Martinez 127 vs. Jose Hernandez 126
David Latoria 217 vs. Jeremiah Williams 215.5
Jose Guzman 128.5 vs. Diamond Baier 129.5
Ivan Popoca 139 vs. Michael Gonzalez 139
Ricky Thompson 146 vs. Achour Esho 146
Jaime Sandoval 135 vs. Oscar De La Cruz 134
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
By Lee Bates
Former world title challenger Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (26-2, 19 KOs) of the Philippines will still make his 2009 debut on October 16th but there has been a change of opponent. Bautista will now face Indonesian Marangin “Dinamita” Marbun (19-5-1, 7 KOs). The bout will be for the WBC International interim featherweight championship. Bautista, who last fought in November of 2008, has been sidelined with a wrist injury but has since had successful surgery. The well renown Ala Boxing Promotions based out of Cebu City of the Philippines will be the promoter. The venue will be the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City.
By Lee Bates reporting from South America
Oscar Veliz (27-16-2, 6 KOs) surprised Pablo Nievas (22-7-1,15 KOs) by way of a close unanimous decision in ten exciting rounds. The official scores were 97-96, 97-96, 97.5-96 all for Veliz. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Municipal Colonia 25 de Mayo, in La Pampa, Argentina. The show was promoted by Mario Margossian. There was steady action from beginning to end with each fighter giving as good as they gave. The difference in the fight came in the eighth round when a wicked left hook by Veliz sent Nievas crashing to the canvas. Nievas beat the count but the knockdown was costly as evidenced by the final scores. It’s the second consecutive upset win for Veliz, who stopped former world title challenger Walter Matthysse in five this past June.
By Alexey Sukachev
It was fast and furious, and it’ll be a moment to remember for a new European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin (25-2, 18 KOs), who has just annihilated capable IBF #5 “Idi” Amin Asikainen at Velodrome, in Machester, UK. Both fighters started the first round quickly, peppering each other with fast and hard combinations. However, once WBC #13 Macklin unloaded his left hook, the fight was virtually over, as Asikainen (26-3, 17 KOs) went down very hard. The Finnish boxer barely made it upright but was floored seconds after with a crushing right hand by Birmingham’s native. He once again beat the count but referee Luigi Muratore waved it off at 2:34 of the first anyway, seeing no consciousness in Amin’s eyes. Ricky Hatton, who is promoting the event, promised to deliver title opportunities for the local crowd-pleaser in the nearest future. (more…)
Three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika won an entertaining slugfest tonight against a game Theo Kruger in the main event on the 8th annual “Fight To Educate” card at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. (More)
Report by David Finger
In what promises to be the biggest fight to hit El Paso in nearly a decade, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. and Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas held their first press conference at the El Camino Real Hotel in downtown El Paso, to hype what is already being billed “Latin Invasion II: Revenge of the Son”, a PPV fight that will take place at the Dan Haskins Center at the campus of the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) on October 30 . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates
Don King Productions has signed unbeaten prospect and former 2-time Olympian Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (17-0, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. The deal went down yesterday at Don King’s headquarters in Florida. Cabrera had a stellar amateur career which included a win over current WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. He also represented the Dominican Republic in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Juan Carlos Batista 133 vs. Omri Lowther 133
(WBA Fedelatin lightweight title)
Hanna Gabriel 151 vs. Yvonne Reis 151
Julius Jackson 160.5 vs. Luis Hodge 160
John Jackson 151 vs. Jonathan Cordero 151
Otoniel Ortiz 130 vs. Iran Agosto 129
Javier Fortuna 126 vs. Carlos Ortiz 126
Samuel Rogers 155 vs. Adam Ortiz 153
Venue: UVI Sports Center (Doors open at 6:30PM)
Promoter: 340 Promotions
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos stated that he knows he has to beat veteran fighters that are put in front of him. He sure let his hands do the talking on Thursday night. Ramos won a six round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela before an almost sold-out crowd at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. The bout headlined a seven-bout “Fight Night Club” card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Ramos was coming off a sixth round stoppage victory over Sandro Marcos almost two months ago in the same venue. Favela has faced a long list of prospects and contenders and had hopes of pulling the upset against Ramos. He had lost five of six bouts prior to the Ramos bout. Ramos did his best work from the outside. The southpaw Ramos was content to box, landing two-punch combinations to the head. Ramos slipped the occasional hook to the body. For more details and photos click here…
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By Lee Bates
Former welterweight world champion Kermit “Killer” Cintron (31-2-1,27 KOs) will be fighting for the first time in his career in Puerto Rico on October 24th at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan. Cintron was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico where he lived until he was a teenager at which point he moved to Pennsylvania. Cintron’s bout will be a junior middleweight twelve rounder. An opponent will soon be announced. Cintron is ranked #1 in the world by both the WBO/WBC and 5th by the IBF.
Also on the card will be former welterweight champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (26-2,20 KOs) featured in a ten round junior middleweight clash, also with an opponent to be announced. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Former world light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) hits the mits with his trainer Orlando Cuellar today from his training camp at the Thump Boxing Gym in Miami, Florida. Johnson is in preparation for his much anticipated November 7th rematch with current IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs). Also at stake will be the WBC Interim title. Johnson and Dawson fought in March of 2008 where Dawson won a hard fought unanimous decision. Johnson closed the bout extremely strong which left the door open for a rematch. The bout will take place in Dawson’s resident state of Connecticut in the city of Hartford. The venue will be the XL Center. Cuellar left no doubts to what the game-plan is for Johnson. “This is a must win for Glen. Glen is coming to knock Chad Dawson out plain and simple. We are not going to take any chances on this fight going to the scorecards again,” said Cuellar.
Bernard Dunne 121.5 vs Poonsawt Kratingdaenggym 122
(WBA super bantamweight championship)
Tyson Fury 261 vs Tomas Mrazek 222.5
Jamie Power 177.5 vs Michael Sweeney 178.8
Patrick Hyland 126 vs Manuel Sequera 130
Stephen Haughian 149.5 vs Albert Starikov 151.5
Oisin Fagan 140.5 vs Juris Ivanovs 142
Anthony Fitzgerald 163.5 vs Tadas Jonkus 159.5
Venue: The O2, Dublin
Promoter: Brian Peters Promotions
HBO Sports reported today that one million pay-per-view buys were generated from last Saturday’s welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The one million buy total represents the highest performing boxing pay-per-view event in 2009 and generated $52 million in pay-per-view revenue. The million buys include 525,000 from cable homes and 475,000 from satellite homes. It is only the fifth time in boxing pay-per-view history that a non-heavyweight event has attained the one million buy mark.
“I am truly humbled by the numbers, and I appreciate all of the sports fans who either came to the fight or bought it on pay-per-view,” said Mayweather. “It felt great to be back in the ring and next time I will be even better.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Dominican super lightweight contender Victor “El Marmelade” Cayo was back in his adopted homeland of St. Thomas, USVI today giving back to the community. Cayo will attend “Boxing In Paradise IV” on Saturday at the University of Virgin Islands Sports Center, home of Cayo’s fights in January and May of this year, and where he enjoys a large following, in part due to the island’s large Dominican population. This morning however, Cayo and Costa Rica’s Hanna Gabriel, who will co-headline tomorrow’s card, visited Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School in St. Thomas to speak at an assembly of faculty and students alike. The pep talk was aimed at especially the troubled students, focusing their attention toward staying out of trouble. Both Cayo and Gabriel cautioned students who are inclined to act with their fists, to do so in the ring and not the streets or school halls. Several of the students are already involved in the USVI amateur program.
The life and boxing career of Manassas, Va. featherweight Jennifer “The Bolivian Queen” Salinas has criss-crossed the United States and two continents. For two years, her career was on hiatus when she stopped boxing to have her second child . . . Click here for more
“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” on Spike TV continues to be the undisputed champion of young men on Wednesday nights. The 2nd episode of the 10th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday, September 23 (10:00pm-11:00pm) drew 2.9 million viewers and was the top-rated program in Men 18-34 (1.2 million) in all of television, beating many highly-promoted series on network television including the debuts of “Cougar Town,” “Modern Family,” “Eastwick,” and new episodes of “Glee,” “Dancing With The Stars,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” (more…)
Local fan favorite Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA headlines his eighth professional boxing show at the Patriot Center this Saturday, September 26, in his first World Boxing Council (WBC) U.S. National Boxing Council (USNBC) title defense by facing Jonathan Reid, a former teammate from The Contender boxing show, in a 12-Round contest. Tickets for “Saturday Night Fights,” an eight-bout card by Ice Promotions presented by Valcourt Building Services, start at only $30 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations or at the door. (more…)
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